The Stiletto Stampede organization was founded in 2009 by a remarkable group of volunteers in Austin, Texas. The founding group was comprised of mothers, daughters, aunts, friends and husbands who shared a passion for serving their community and improving the overall health of the community through breast cancer awareness and outreach.
The first annual Austin Stiletto Stampede race was held in October 2009 at the Hill Country Galleria in Austin, Texas. The event raised thousands of dollars for the Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and inspired many people in Austin and other cities to learn more about breast cancer and get involved. Two years later, we filed to become an official 501c3 non-profit organization and received confirmation a few months later.
Due to overwhelming interest from individuals and organizations in other cities to host a Stiletto Stampede 100-Yard Dash, and our desire to develop and grow our new program Boob Camp, a free wellness program for survivors, we decided to expand the event to Waco, Dallas and Houston. Proceeds from each race were shared via grants with reputable breast cancer organizations that served the local population directly.
In 2013, we worked hard to operate and develop the Boob Camp program locally, while running the Stampede in 4 cities, plus two additional events in Austin. Our efforts resulted in a beautiful new partnership with Seton Medical Center, as they were about to open their new Breast Care Center in Central Austin. In 2014, we refined our mission to solely focus on serving the Austin area with weekly Boob Camp fitness and yoga classes at our new home inside the Seton Breast Care Center.
Today, the Stiletto Stampede has a very active board made up of community leaders, physicians, counselors, certified fitness trainers, fitness instructors and many of the founding volunteers as well new volunteers. Each day, we work very hard to support our mission: to develop, maintain and support Boob Camp, a collection of free breast cancer wellness programs designed to help facilitate the physical, social and emotional aspects of breast cancer recovery in the Austin community.